Real Estate is still an essential service but REALTORS® urged to continue exercising caution

Hello to everyone!

I just wanted to send out a note on behalf of your Executive Committee concerning the upcoming changes to our COVID mitigation tier status in Illinois, as a few questions have been sent my directions on what this means for those within the Real Estate industry.

Click here to read the most recent announcement from Illinois Realtors concerning our business and the steps that should be taken when operating as an essential service.  That said, yes, Real Estate is still considered an essential service within the State of Illinois and will continue operating within the guidelines provided. This, however, should not be taken for granted.

I strongly urge you to make wise decisions when operating your businesses as we do not want to lose this status as an essential service.  When conducting your business, I ask that you weigh the pros and cons for your clients concerning:

  • Open Houses
  • In-Person Showings
  • Virtual Visits
  • Agent Open Houses

Your safety as well as your client's safety should be the FIRST item of consideration when making plans for in-person contact situations.  The public does watch us as practitioners within this industry so please be prepared with your face coverings, hand sanitizer, instructions for sellers when making their homes available for in-person showings, making sure to wipe all surfaces down when the showing is complete and more.  Extra care needs to be taken concerning any open houses as they are allowed as long as all parties agree.  Again, the public is watching how we operate our businesses.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to the MIRA staff, your Executive Committee, or Managing Broker for additional clarification.

For the latest information concerning COVID-19 and its impact on our industry please visit the following link on Illinois Realtors website:  Illinois Realtors COVID-19 Update

Thank you and please be safe!

Brandon Shaffer, 2020-2021 MIRA President